After faking his own death, Homer meets a woman in the cemetery who turns out to be his mother. While he is shocked by her reappearance as he was always told she was dead, she harbors a deep secret.



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Episode credited cast:
Bart Simpson (voice)
Lisa Simpson (voice)
Carl / Electrician / Chief Wiggum / Cab Driver (voice)
Montgomery Burns / Waylon Smithers / Lenny / Reverend Lovejoy / Ned Flanders / Records Clerk / Gravedigger / Howard Cosell / Kent Brockman / Post Office Clerk / Joe Friday (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mother Simpson (voice)
Protestor (voice)
Bill Gannon (voice)
Maude Flanders / Protestor (voice)


To get out of cleaning a park as community service, Homer fakes his own death. When this results in the family's utilities being cut off, Marge puts pressure on him to reveal that he is alive. However, the spurious news of his "death" brings his long-lost mother - a hippie who is on the run from the law because of her activism against Mr. Burns - back to Springfield. Written by Anonymous

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Animation | Comedy





Release Date:

19 November 1995 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Mona hits her head on the van door, it is not Glenn Close who says "D'oh". Close couldn't give them the timing that the director needed so for that one word another voice was used. See more »


[after finding out the grave he thought was his mother's is Walt Whitman's]
Homer: Maybe it's that other grave! The one that says "Simpson"!
[sees it's his own]
Homer: AHH! Why does my death keep coming back to haunt me?
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits of The Simpsons: Mother Simpson (1995), Homer is seen sitting on the car bonnet looking at the stars in the night sky. See more »


References Dragnet 1967 (1967) See more »


Blowin' in the Wind
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Glenn Close
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An emotional look inside the mind of Homer Simpson
23 November 2016 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Simpsons have had its ups and downs in terms of great film making. Even with a lot of un-funny, boring and dull episodes given lately, some episodes like "Barthood" give us glimpses of the little bit of creative juice left in the tank and give us episodes that were both hilarious and heartfelt.

Mother Simpson is not my favourite Simpsons episode, but has my favourite Simpsons scene. In an animated comedy, the acting, the score, the message and the feels that had to be crammed into a 1 minute scene and it works wonders, and that is why this episode is a gem.

I never thought I had seen a perfect scene in The Simpsons, but I remembered the ending of this episode.

The Mona character is one of the best and most interesting in the series as she isn't in many episodes. This episode is all about her, and her backstory and the explanation of why she left her son and husband at such a young age. Mona is an important character to every Simpson character in the family.

Bart and Maggie never say and give any real reasons why it was important seeing her. But we can infer that Mona would put Bart in line while watching him grow up, same with Maggie, Homer and Marge would want their Mother and Mother-in-law to watch one of their babies grow up from the beginning.

Marge lost her mother and says, when she sees her for the first time, "I can finally have a real talk…" showing that Marge needs someone to let out all of her contained feelings over the years and treat Mona like her very own mother.

Lisa feels alone and "adopted" as her whole family isn't up to the... intellectual standard of herself. When she talks to her grandma, she says she feels at home with her presence knowing that she belongs somewhere.

Homer, lost this woman when he was younger, and is bound to lose her again because she has to run from the police. Her mother left at a very young age, and as soon as he has her back, she leaves again, and seeing how many family members she has effected making for the saddest moment in The Simpsons.

The setting of this scene where they are, in the desert, a wasteland, showing that they are alone, just to talk for the last time with no artificial noises.

Cinematography ties in with this idea, his mother and him fill up the whole screen, showing their closeness and as soon as the window winds up and they drive away, you see the camera moving back further, showing that his mother is slipping away from his grasp. And in the last scene Homer is shown with himself and the stars, thinking about his biggest day in recent memory.

The score is the definition of tear-jerky it is brilliant. That's all I can say.

Everything that is spoken is perfect, Homer says "At least this time I'm awake to say goodbye." But the greatest part of it was after Mona uses Homer's world-famous line, to show that they are connected, not another word is spoken. No jokes are here to break the mood. Every time I watch this incredible final scene when Homer waves his mother goodbye, possibly for the last time, I always get teary. It is such a beautiful scene and important one. It gives the shown emotion of Homer that is dearly lacking in the rest of the episodes. It gives us more connection with Homer making him one of television's favourite animated father.


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